Brooks has run plays designed to spread out Durant’s touches.
When Durant is a threat from the low post, the baseline, the top of the key and the elbow, defenses can’t collapse on him and easily take him out of the game.
Durant has proven he can handle the isolations. But he has yet to show an ability to attack the rim at will or use his dribble penetration skills as a dependable asset to set up his teammates.
When Durant has gotten to the rim, he has shown that he still isn’t strong enough to finish consistently, often getting stripped of the ball or allowing incidental contact to prevent him from scoring. Only on occasion has Durant used his height and length to dunk over defenders in the halfcourt game.
But judging by Durant’s current rate of development, it’s only a matter of time before his lingering deficiencies are no longer issues.
"I think Kevin is going to improve every month,” Brooks said. "I think that was his track record last season, and we anticipate that happening this year. With Kevin, he works at it. There’s no simple solution to getting better. You have to work. Our job as coaches is to make sure he’s working on the right things. And he’s improving.”